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Head of The Rock

October 8th, 2017

Rockford IL  – The 2017 Fall racing season was kicked off with a trip to the Head of the Rock, just a short drive away in Illinois. Facing Purdue, Illinois, and other teams from across the Midwest, the team used this race as an opportunity to re-acquaint themselves with competition and introduce members of the novice team to collegiate competition.

Row-out conditions Saturday were less than ideal, with boats struggling against rain, chop, and Rockford’s famous driving headwind. Fortunately, conditions for racing on Sunday were much improved, with a calm sunny morning transitioning to mild chop and winds for the final races.

The team put this opportunity to good use, and showed up ready to perform. The first Varsity 8+ took gold by 21 seconds over second place Purdue. Similarly, the Quad and first Varsity 4+ won gold in their respective events. The freshmen showed their mettle by seizing gold in the Novice 8+, as well as gold and bronze in the Novice 4+ event.

The team now prepares for a split weekend on Oct 21-22. Two varsity fours and an eight will be traveling to Boston for the Head of the Charles, while the rest of the squad prepares for our annual head-to- head against Michigan State in East Lansing.

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And as always,

GO BLUE!